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XBRL US Testifies to Human Resources Subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee

WASHINGTON April 19, 2012 Geoff Davis

"We applaud Chairman Davis and others in Congress who are working to make government more effective through the use of technology.  Data standards will reduce cost, increase speed, and increase transparency and the effectiveness of taxpayer dollars," said Mr. Pryde.

XBRL US is the nonprofit consortium for XBRL data standards, established to support the implementation of standardized business reporting by government and business through marketplace collaboration.  XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language) is a data standard used to communicate financial and performance-related data by business and government.

Prepared remarks given by Mr. Pryde described the importance of data standards as a means to reduce cost, improve communication and encourage efficiency by enabling compatibility and comparability of information.  XBRL was presented as a data standard that is based on XML and is enhanced with further standardization specifically designed for the reporting of financial and performance-related data. 

Mr. Pryde’s testimony noted that some recent legislation has suggested the use of XML as a reporting standard.  The statement went on to explain that XML is a flexible data standard that can be used to define many different kinds of applications.

"XML’s flexibility means agencies would likely use variations of XML to communicate financial reporting data.  That would result in data compatibility issues between agencies and minimize the ability of taxpayers or policymakers to efficiently analyze program performance," said Mr. Pryde. "XBRL is a data standard specifically designed to make financial and performance-related data compatible and comparable."


XBRL US is the non-profit consortium for XBRL business reporting standards in the U.S. and it represents the business information supply chain. Its mission is to support the implementation of XBRL business reporting standards through the development of taxonomies for use by U.S. public and private sectors, with a goal of interoperability between sectors, and by promoting XBRL adoption through marketplace collaboration. XBRL US has developed taxonomies for U.S. GAAP, credit rating and mutual fund reporting under contract with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.


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